It was our local primary school Headteacher’s birthday today and we horrible governors had arranged a committee meeting for that very evening. So I made a carrot and orange cake to celebrate/commiserate:
I got this recipe from the Guardian “How to cook the perfect…” series.
It has to be said that I’m not usually a Guardian reader, as I like a shameless, hedonistic “fix” of fashion and home style with my paper, and I find the Guardian’s fashion and home style sense rather odd. But these recipes do really work, and I’m willing to be persuaded that they really are perfect. This cake was astonishingly light – which surprised me as it uses melted butter, rather than the
whole process of creaming the butter and sugar together, to incorporate air. This nicely avoids the problem of what to do with your butter during the winter, when it is still an unyielding block at room temperature – softening in the microwave is never quite as good as a decent actual room temperature.
I topped it with this orange icing, down to the zest on the top which was quite a revelation. I’ve zested with a grater before, but I’d bought a zester especially to make the long decorative strands of peel, and when I used it, the scent of a fine mist of orange oil filled the kitchen, a scent that also lingered long enough to flavour my car as I transported my cake to school.
As it’s Spring, it was nice to be able to drive home after the meeting in the light and feel that I still had something of an evening left.
Following on the theme of Spring and new beginnings, I have finally bought myself a new diary. I have been holding on stubbornly for the Paperchase diary sale, more out of principle than because of the prospect of any great savings, and at the weekend I bought this lovely Design Diary.
Which I have already begun to fill up with many governor meetings… but also climbing wall, book group, LD’s dance shows and nights out. Watch this space!